Heather Carter

Sep 8, 2022

Fewer Arizona children vaccinated against childhood diseases

An increasing number of vaccine deniers coupled with one of the easiest opt-out provisions in the nation has left Arizona with close to one out of every 10 kindergartners unprotected against key childhood diseases.

Aug 30, 2021

Woman who changed AZ law to begin fraud trial

Elizabeth Holmes, who got state lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to change Arizona law in 2015 to financially benefit her company, goes on trial this week on criminal charges of fraud and conspiracy.

Apr 12, 2021

Boyer gives caucus price for vote on budget

A Republican senator is prepared to withhold his crucial vote on the state’s budget unless it contains at least $160 million in ongoing funding for higher education and another $20 million for firefighters with cancer.

Apr 8, 2021

Bill passes closing loophole in firefighter law

A bill that closes the loophole preventing firefighters from receiving workers’ compensation for getting cancer from putting out fires is now on its way to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

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Apr 7, 2021

Sweeping abortion legislation voted down in Senate

A Republican senator who has developed a reputation for carefully parsing bills dealt a blow to Arizona’s anti-abortion lobby when he voted against what would have been the most far-reaching abortion legislation passed in Arizona in years.

Feb 11, 2021

Boyer’s vote triggers threats of violence, retribution

Silence lingered as everyone in the room watched Boyer, then scanning through text messages to save the most overt threats for police. Boyer looked up and shook his head. The vote was over. His hellish week was just beginning.

Dec 21, 2020

Time running out for some sex abuse victims to file suit

Time is quickly running out for many who were sexually assaulted or abused years ago as children to try to get some justice from perpetrators or those who allowed it to occur.

Nov 19, 2020

Loss of moderate GOP lawmakers in Senate no boon for Dems

Democrats picked up one new seat in the state Senate, but are headed into the 2021 legislative session with potentially less power to stop Republican legislation.

Aug 6, 2020

Barto declares victory

Rep. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix declared victory over incumbent Sen. Heather Carter Thursday evening, in a win for ideological purity over the pragmatism practiced by the more moderate Carter.

Aug 5, 2020

Hope dims for 3 losing incumbents as vote results trickle in

Struggling incumbents in too-close-to-call races didn’t see much change as county elections officials began making a dent in the roughly 210,000 mail ballots that remained to be counted after Tuesday’s primary.

Aug 4, 2020

Barto holds slim lead in LD15 showdown

A battle over the ideological heart of the Republican Party remains too close to call in Legislative District 15, where challenging Rep. Nancy Barto holds a narrow lead over incumbent Sen. Heather Carter.

Jul 17, 2020

Ugenti-Rita defends seat against spectrum of detractors

Bright yellow signs blasting Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita as “ethically compromised” litter roads in Scottsdale, where the 10-year incumbent seeks to fend off a primary challenge from a well-funded opponent. It’s the most intense primary yet for Ugenti-Rita, one of the Senate’s most conservative Republicans, who swept into office in 2010 as a first-time candidate riding […]